Commune health centers were inaugurated in 2015 in Vietnam to provide methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) for people experiencing both HIV and substance use disorders (SUDs). Diep Bich Nguyen evaluated challenges to provision of care experienced by CHWs working in commune health centers. Challenges often occurred as a result of stigmatization toward people with SUDs and a … [Read more...] about Methadone Maintenance Treatment Decentralization in Vietnam
An international coalition of organizations representing 80 countries set an aggressive goal of making 2 billion Covid-19 vaccinations available by the end of 2021. Populations prioritized to receive vaccination include high risk and vulnerable persons and frontline healthcare workers. The definition of “frontline healthcare worker”, however, remains ambiguous and is likely to … [Read more...] about Beyond the Rhetoric of Equity: Will the Frontline Healthcare Workers Who Serve the Poor Be Prioritized for the COVID Vaccine?
CHW programs demonstrate strong potential for preventing and managing HIV in European countries, but limited research describes the connection between CHWs and HIV prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM) due to varying usage of the term “CHW” and sparse documentation of their role. Nicolas Lorente and colleagues assessed CHW knowledge, attitudes, and practices in 28 … [Read more...] about The Role of Community Health Workers Within the Continuum of Services for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Other STIs Amongst Men Who Have Sex with Men in Europe
Cervical cancer screening is a highly effective preventative measure; one research study resulted in an approximately 50% reduction in new onset of cervical cancer and related mortality following a single HPV screening session. Self-tests for cervical cancer represent an opportunity to extend these services and their benefits to hard-to-reach populations. Poli and colleagues … [Read more...] about Feasibility, Acceptability, and Efficacy of a Community Health Worker–Driven Approach to Screen Hard-to-Reach Periurban Women Using Self-Sampled HPV Detection Test in India
A diverse array of approaches exist to encourage community engagement to achieve communicable disease control. K. Questa and colleagues collected 13 systematic reviews of research examining community engagement-related communicable disease control to understand which approaches to engagement exist and what is known about their effectiveness. Approaches included community … [Read more...] about Community engagement interventions for communicable disease control in low- and lower- middle-income countries: evidence from a review of systematic reviews